This longer-form workshop program includes a 4-day in-person gathering on Bowen Island, as well as online meetings to provide feedback as projects are finalized. Christian’s workshop is best suited to photographers with a complete or nearly complete body of work that they hope to publish. To that effect, participants will work closely with Christian toward preparing and bringing their work into a physical book form, as either dummies, or more fully-realized maquettes.

The four-day retreat on Bowen Island will include artist talks and presentations, group discussions and critiques, as well as book case studies and sequencing exercises, plus much hands-on work editing, sequencing and establishing the visual structure of their layout book projects, along with elements of design. Finally, participants will also work with Christian to develop detailed plans for dummies or maquettes to be produced over the course of the workshop.

The online component of the workshop includes one-on-one consultations with Christian in September and a group meeting in October to recap the workshop, discuss project progress and present dummies or maquettes. Advice and specific recommendations will also be provided to participants as they take next steps towards self-publishing or working with publishers.

Schedule: Meets in-person on Bowen Island on Tuesday August 8, Wednesday August 9, Thursday August 10 + Friday August 11 from 9am to 5pm and online over 2 follow-up sessions:  1:1 individual meeting (30 minutes per participant) in September + 4-hour group session in October.

This program is limited to 12 participants.

Cover Image © Christian Patterson, Redheaded Peckerwood, (MACK, 2011)

© Christian Patterson, Prairie Grass Leak, 2009.

© Christian Patterson, Fond du Lac (Blue Lake), 2013.

© Christian Patterson, Hot Water Bottle Box, 2019.

© Christian Patterson, Coca Cola Wall, 2019.



Christian was born in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin and lives in New York City. His conceptually grounded, narratively driven, visually layered work has been described as novelistic, subjective documentary of the historical past, and often deals with themes of the archive, authorship, memory, place and time. Photography is consistently the heart of Patterson’s work, which also includes drawings, paintings, objects, video and sound. He is the author of three books, including the critically-acclaimed, award-winning Redheaded Peckerwood (2011, Recontres d’Arles Author Book Award) and Bottom of the Lake (2015). He is currently completing his largest project to date, Gong Co. Patterson is a Guggenheim Fellow (2013) and winner of the Grand Prix Images Vevey (2015). His work is in the collections of the National Gallery of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and J. Paul Getty Museum among others. He has lectured, mentored and taught widely. He is represented by Rose Gallery, Santa Monica, USA and Robert Morat Galerie, Berlin, Germany.



Nestled in spectacular Howe Sound, North America’s southernmost fjord surrounded by towering peaks that rise straight out of the sea, Bowen Island (Nexwlélexwm is its native Squamish name) has been Vancouver’s paradisiac getaway since the 1900s. This enchanted island is known for its exceptional serenity, centennial parks, artistic culture, and laid-back country living a short 20-minute ferry ride from West Vancouver.

FotoFilmic has called Bowen Island home since 2015, and currently hosts all its in-person mentoring programs there at the FotoFilmic space conveniently located in Artisan Square. The large 1600+ sq ft venue is set up to accommodate a wide range of hands-on artistic activities and lab type experimentations, while also acting as a photography gallery. The island’s lush natural settings yearlong, its small and relaxed coastal town feel and few amenities all combine to offer an immersive, inspiring and nurturing retreat experience unlike any other.

FotoFilmic acknowledges, with gratitude, that the land on which it operates is the unceded and ancestral territories of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nation.




Sunday, June 25, 2023

$1695 USD
Past Attendee:
$1395 USD

* subject to 5% GST (Good and Services Provincial Tax)

[ Early-Bird and scholarship applications are closed (Nov.21, 2022) ]


Applicants selected to register must confirm their participation by sending either a $845 USD tuition deposit, or a full Regular or Past Attendee tuition payment.

If choosing to send a registration deposit, the remaining tuition balance will then come due in full by Thursday, June 8, 2023.

If interested in a payment plan, requests must be made by Monday, April 3, 2023 to Bastien at Payment plans are cost free, and schedules can include 3 to 5 terms max. Please also note that all payment plan payments remain non-refundable.


Flights, local transportation, accommodations and meals are not included in the registration fees. A detailed information packet will be sent to confirmed participants to help coordinate their stay on Bowen Island, inclusive of on-island accommodations options (single or shared), local transportation directions, a list of restaurants and other amenities available, and general island life tips.

Meets in-person on Bowen Island on Tuesday August 8, Wednesday August 9, Thursday August 10 + Friday August 11 from 9am to 5pm and online over 2 follow-up sessions:  1:1 individual meeting (30 minutes per participant) in September + 4-hour group session in October.

FotoFilmic Space
103-555 Prometheus Pl
Bowen Island, BC V0N 1G2


Applications to register are free (no fee to apply). Enrolment will be limited to just 12 participants. Photographers from all educational backgrounds and at all career stages are welcome to apply (film & digital). A portfolio of 10-20 images focused on past and/or ongoing projects must be submitted as a prerequisite for consideration (please include images from no more than 2 different series/projects).

Applications are reviewed on a weekly basis, with regular email communication from reception to final decision. The entire review and acceptance process usually takes 8-12 days from the day your application is received.


The deadline to withdraw your participation and request a refund is Thursday, May 8, 2023. Please note a $500 USD cancelation fee remains applicable. Cancelation and refund requests received after May 8 will not be accepted.

In the event the program was not meeting minimum enrolment, or needed to be canceled for any reason, paid tuition will be refunded in full without any cancelation fee. Please also note FotoFilmic cannot be held responsible for any traveling expense refunds if the program gets canceled: purchasing travel insurance is therefore highly recommended.


For any questions or inquiries, please contact FotoFilmic Co-Director Bastien Desfriches Doria directly at


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